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Manchester Astronomical Society
Established 1903

Membership Information

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in astronomy.
If you are considering joining the society you are welcome to come down to see us at one or two of our meetings prior to joining.

Membership is not automatically granted - your application needs to be proposed and seconded by the MAS Council.

Membership benefits

  • Telescopes available for loan to members

  • Advice from experienced members

  • Weekly meetings on all aspects of Astronomy

Weekly Meetings

The society holds meetings every Thursday evening in the Blackett Theatre (except at Christmas & New Year). See the Meetings page for more information.

Membership Subscriptions

  • Adult Membership: £25.00 per annum

  • Student Membership (under 18 or in full-time education): 50% of adult subscription (£12.50 per annum)

If paying via PayPal, a Transaction fee of £1.00 is added to the above subscription rates.

The membership year is from 1st October to 30th September.


If joining after the AGM (3rd Thursday in April) but prior to July 1st, the annual subscription is halved.
If you join after July 1st, the full subscription is payable but you don't pay again until October 1st the following year.


If you wish to join the Society, you may print out a membership Application form, and post it with your subscription to the address on the form, or bring it along to one of the meetings.

You can also pay using PayPal, Credit/Debit cards, inc. American Express, or Bank Transfer - see the Home page. You must also submit your application form as above, even if paying "online".

Please note that membership cards are not normally sent out by post, they must be collected at a Society meeting.

The Rules of the Manchester Astronomical Society are available for your reference.

Health & Safety Notice

Safety procedures within the Blackett Theatre are maintained for the safety of members, staff, and visitors.
All visitors must be accompanied by a warden or a trained society member when entering the Roof area.
All persons in the Schuster Building complex must observe all safety procedures and notices as indicated or advised.
All group visits must be pre-arranged to ensure there are an appropriate number of trained personnel present; this may require a risk assessment.
All visitors will receive safety instruction upon arrival.